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Comic Cover Of The Week: DCEASED – Dead Planet #6

(Warning: Alliteration Avalanche Ahoy!)

Felicitations fellow fans of fantastic fiction, and welcome once more to a cornucopia of cool comic cover collectables! 

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Now, imagine the scene, it’s been at least five weeks since yours truly has darkened the doorstep of my local comic-book emporium due to a month long country wide lockdown in the UK, and so, upon setting foot in my dream laden store of choice (dream for me, absolute nightmare for my wallet and bank account!) I am confronted with a legendary landslide of a pull list, this peerless pile was so large I assumed we’d entered into an eclipse, as the sun itself was blocked by this mammoth mountain of marvellous manuscripts!! Of course, me being me, and not satisfied with this crushing cavalcade of comic coolness,I dangerously (again, for my weeping wallet and bawling bank account) and passionately peruse the shelves to add yet more terrific tomes to this overtly overwhelming onslaught of comics, already large enough to cause the world to spin off its axis, when I spot the impeccable illustration residing on this months DCEASED: Dead Planet  #6.

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Instantly falling in love with the astonishing artwork, I couldn’t help but add this to the already precarious pull list. Based upon the peerless posters for DC’s live action version of Shazam, but replacing Billy Batson with Mary Marvel (okay, okay, she’s technically known as Mary Shazam now!), a character I love, this vaunted variant by the bombastic Ben Oliver was fervently fitted into a frame and placed promptly into the Precinct’s colossally cavernous Comic Crypts. 

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“The remaining heroes of the DC Universe are stuck between hell and a hard place! With the Justice League racing against the clock to create a cure, the cruel masters of the southern garden are determined to wipe all anti-life from the planet. And, just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse… the war to save the Earth takes a devilishly new direction, Trigon is coming to end the world, as hell is long overdue its payment in souls!”

DCEASED: Dead Planet #6 is available at your local comic-book emporium right now!

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman (Vol 2) #174

Copyright: DC Comics

Copyright: DC Comics

Return with us once more to the beautiful isle of Themyscira, home to the immortal Amazons and, Precinct1313‘s weekly comic-cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman. This week the ancient Amazon archives reveal their secrets in the form of “Wonder Woman (volume 2) #174.” Written by: Phil Jimenez. Cover art by: Adam Hughes. Interior art by: Phil Jimenez. Released in November 2001.

This weeks titanic tale is titled “The Witch And The Warrior” and is the first of a three part storyline that eventually serves as a set up for a six part crossover series entitled “The Joker’s Last Laugh.” In order to defeat witch-goddess Circe and her allies Silver Swan and Cheetah, Wonder Woman must engage the help of several female Superheroes. This terrific tome brings together some of DC’s greatest female Super heroes of all time including, girl of steel Supergirl, her parallel universe counterpart Power Girl, mistress of magic Zatanna, winged wonder Hawkgirl and the maid of might Mary Marvel

Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my astute Amazonian associates!

Precinct1313 Recommends: Shazam – A Celebration Of 75 Years

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(DC Comics, 1940 – 2015)

This year celebrate 75 years in the company of the World’s mightiest mortal… Shazam! That’s right comic fans, the Superhero formerly known as Captain Marvel is now officially as old as Batman and Superman. So to coincide with the septuagenarian Superheroes’ anniversary, DC Comics are releasing a hardcover anthology containing some of his greatest adventures from the past seven and a half decades.

Shazam (Captain Marvel) was created by C.C. Beck and Bill Parker in 1940, and made his first appearance in Whiz Comics #2. Shazam himself is actually the wizard who bestows upon the 12 year old Billy Batson the power to become the adult Superhero Captain Marvel by just uttering the mystical phrase “SHAZAM!”.  Alongside his extended family, sister Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel Junior he fights crime and his nemesis, former holder of the Shazam title… Black Adam.

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The Shazam anthology hardcover will be available in April from your local comic-book emporium, with interior art by various artists including co-creator C.C. Beck, with stories by Denny O’Neil, Geoff Johns, Otto Binder and many more. Weighing in at generous 400 pages, this is a must buy for any fans of the World’s mightiest mortal and anyone considering discovering him for the very first time.

Now we know what the Rock had cooking … Shazam!

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That’s right comic fans, Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson has finally confirmed after months of rumours and speculation, that he will have a starring role in the film based upon DC Comic’s character Shazam. It is apparently undecided currently whether he will be playing Shazam himself or arch enemy Black Adam.

Adam Shazam (formerly known as Captain Marvel), was created by CC Beck and Bill Parker in 1940, his first appearance was in Whiz comics #2 which was published by Fawcett comics. Shazam’s alter ego is Billy Batson, a 12 year old boy who when he speaks the phrase SHAZAM, becomes the adult Superhero, his powers come from the six mythological Gods – Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury.

Black Adam, Shazam’s nemesis was created in 1945 by CC Beck and Otto Binder, he is more an anti-hero than straight out Villain, his powers derive from the same place as Shazams. It’s great to see more diverse DC characters being given a chance to shine, hopefully the film will also include super powered sister Mary Marvel, there are not enough female Superheroes in movies currently, but with Wonder Woman now confirmed we may start seeing more…which would be awesome!

Update: Dwayne Johnson is now confirmed in the role of Black Adam.